Pac-12 foes will collide when the No. 25 Arizona Wildcats (10-3) go head-to-head against the Arizona State Sun Devils (9-4, 0-1 Pac-12) at the McKale Memorial Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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In the Sun Devils’ last game, they defeated the Texas Southern Tigers, 98-81. Alonzo Verge Jr. led Arizona State in scoring with 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting. The Sun Devils, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.472, had a ridiculous mark of 0.667, while the Tigers had a turnover percentage of 23.8 (above their season average of 19.0).
The Wildcats are hoping for a better outcome after their 70-67 loss to the St. John’s Red Storm in their last contest. Zeke Nnaji was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting. St. John’s had a turnover percentage of 9.7 (better than their season average of 14.8). Arizona, meanwhile, did a great job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (26-32; 81.3 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Sun Devils won both matchups last season. In the last game, Arizona State won 72-64. The Sun Devils played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.6 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.539. The Wildcats had marks of 12.1 and 0.469, respectively, for those same stats.
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball security could play a significant role in this battle. Arizona commits the 24th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.4 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Arizona State forces the 48th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.3 percent).
Arizona State at Arizona Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Arizona State, O/U – Over
The Sun Devils rank 27th in steals per game (8.9) while the Wildcats rank 85th (7.2).
Arizona ranks 14th in assists per game (17.1) while Arizona State ranks 191st (11.5).
The Wildcats rank 95th in rebounds allowed per game (33.7) while the Sun Devils rank 240th (39.3).
Arizona ranks 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Arizona State ranks 84th (3.3).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.0, down from 18.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Sun Devils have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.4 points per game (8.8 above their season average).